This is a small but lovely tree-shaded 105-acre state park on the banks of the beautiful Blanco River, right in the heart of Blanco. The river’s bed is limestone, hence the name. This is a great swimming hole to visit to escape the relentless Texas heat, and it is frequently mentioned on top ten lists. One of the primary advantages of this location is that it almost always has flowing water, even in the dead of summer.
However, you must ensure that the river is flowing over the dam when you visit, or the experience will not be nearly as enjoyable. Much of the impoundment formed by the Civilian Conservation Corps’ small dam is accessible via a gently sloping path. The park offers tube and canoe rentals, and the impoundment is ideal for swimming or floating. It’s not ideal for tubing because the water is so calm. When the water is high, wading is possible downstream. They occasionally stock the impoundment with trout during the winter, and perch, catfish, and bass are also common.
There are showers, screened shelters, and even a park store on-site. The park’s entrance is located at the junction of US 281 and the Blanco River. If you want to get away from the water, inquire about the Town Creek Nature Trail, which leads to the town square. You could do some tent camping here if you want, but you should be aware that you will most likely be near RVs and/or trailers. Pets on leashes are permitted, but they are not permitted to enter the water. You can take the dogs for a swim in the section of the river just upstream of the park.
If you want to use live bait, there is a Shell station across the street where you can get it. Check their events calendar frequently because they frequently offer guided hikes and other programmes here.
Blanco State Park
101 Park Road 23
Blanco, TX 78606